The revised 2010 Mitsubishi Shogun continues to offer buyers a unique blend of on and off-road capability, generous standard equipment levels, comfort, space and luxury and highly competitive pricing. From 2010 buyers can add greater power and torque and better economy and emissions to that list, with Mitsubishi's engineers applying Intelligent Motion principles to allow the Shogun to return mpg and CO2 emissions figures among the very best in the large off-roader class.
Detailed changes to Mitsubishi's advanced 3.2-litre, four-cylinder DiD common rail turbodiesel allow the 3-door manual to return 35.3mpg and the 5-door auto 33.2mpg - up from 30.7mpg and 26.7mpg respectively - on the official combined consumption cycle. Emissions drop too, from 246g/km to 212g/km on manuals and 280g/km to 224g/km for autos. These impressive emissions and economy gains are made in spite of increased power and torque; both rising by 18% - from 168bhp to 197bhp and 373Nm to 441Nm (325lb/ft) Towing capacity for both three- and five-door models has increased by 200kg, to 3,000kg and 3,500kg for braked trailers.
The performance increase and economy savings are thanks to engine revisions that include lower idling engine revs, a high efficiency alternator with enhanced generating and discharging controlling logic, new engine and differential oils, an enhanced differential ratio and a 15mm front and 10mm rear drop in ride height.
The changes allow the Mitsubishi Shogun to continue to offer the same blend of rugged on and off-road capability combined with significantly improved environmental credentials, Mitsubishi's drive towards a greener future not just limited to its regular passenger cars but also its iconic off-road flagship model.
Beneath the Mitsubishi Shogun's bold, square-jawed styling sits a built-in frame monocoque chassis, optimised AWC All-Wheel Control system and front wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension which gives the Shogun its rounded, rugged ability. Appealing to drivers who demand a vehicle that can tackle the toughest and most inhospitable of terrains yet deliver a thoroughly composed road drive the Shogun is offered in either three-door five-seat or five-door seven seat guise in four comprehensively specified trim levels.
Equippe, Warrior and Elegance versions are headed by the luxury Diamond model. As well as an array of standard safety equipment including ASTC active stability and traction control, twin front, side and curtain airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes backed up by EBD electronic brakeforce distribution the entry Equippe variant boasts standard alarm and keyless entry, climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels and a leather covered multi-function steering wheel. .
Choose Warrior, Elegance or Diamond models and the specification includes a high-tech 30GB hard disk drive navigation system with music server complete with colour touch screen and rear view camera while the range-topping LWB Elegance and Diamond models also offer a Rockford Fosgateâ„¢ 860W 12-speaker premium audio system as standard
The list of standard features may be much longer and the economy and emissions significantly improved but pricing for the Mitsubishi Shogun remains relatively unchanged, emphasising Mitsubishi Motors value-for-money policy. List prices range from ?29,499 for the three-door Equippe model through to ?40,999 for the five-door Diamond model.
The Shogun range works alongside the Outlander and L200 models to keep Mitsubishi at the forefront of the 4x4 market sector.
With bold and muscular styling the Mitsubishi Shogun is immediately identifiable as a member of Mitsubishi Motors' rejuvenated line-up of new models.
The Mitsubishi Shogun's key style elements - the squared-off profile, short bonnet, tall upright windscreen, minimal front overhang, bold wheelarches, clean flanks and side-hinged tailgate with externally mounted spare wheel - are complemented by Mitsubishi's bold 'Mount Fuji' grille to create a strong visual link with the Outlander, Colt, Grandis and L200 models.
Despite its progressive design language, every facet of the Shogun's styling was scrutinised to boost its ability to climb, descend and ford over, down and through obstacles.
The three-door and five-door Mitsubishi Shogun models feature distinctly different styling. The three-door model looks chunkier and sportier, in keeping with its more dynamic driving characteristics. This visual athleticism is enhanced by its sculpted rear bumpers, kicked-up rear quarter window and side steps.
The more family-oriented five-door Mitsubishi Shogun benefits from smoother and simpler side claddings. Its versatility is boosted inside by Mitsubishi's innovative 'Fold2Hide' third row of seats, which lie beneath the floor of the boot.
When two further seats are needed, they simply fold out from the boot floor to create a third row of seats, complete with integrated head rests, turning the Shogun into a seven-seater as and when needed. The rear floor height has been optimized to provide a generous 860mm of headroom in the third-row of seats - almost as much head and shoulder space as the first and second seat rows.
The Mitsubishi Shogun's tough and rugged cabin design reflects its on-road and off-road driving characteristics. The centre console comprises three distinct sections - the MICD Multi-Information Centre Display that shows vehicle operating status information sits at the top of the console, with the audio controls below that and the climate control panel with its large easy-to-operate dials and at the bottom. The cabin also features amber LED light emitting diode lighting in the ceiling, front footwells and rear compartment,
The four driving modes of Shogun's go-anywhere AWC all-wheel control system are actuated by a leather-topped lever that sits alongside the gearlever, while a second set of grab handles on the A-pillar underline the Mitsubishi Shogun's off-road credentials.
Both three and five-door Shogun models are powered by an extensively revised version of Mitsubishi's acclaimed 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine offering greater performance combined with significantly improved economy and emissions figures. The high-pressure common rail direct fuel injection system has been enhanced to allow an 18% boost in power and torque - from 168bhp to 197bhp at 3,800rpm and 373Nm to 441Nm at 2,000rpm - all while retuning significantly improved economy and emissions. On the official combined cycle the three-door manual Shogun returns 35.3mpg and emits just 212g/km of CO2, while the five-door automatic model is able to deliver 33.2mpg and 224g/km. These improvements make the Mitsubishi Shogun one of the most economical and low emitting vehicles in the large 4x4 class.
To achieve these improved performance, economy and emissions Mitsubishi's engineers have applied Intelligent Motion principles to the 3.2-litre, 16 valve double-overhead cam turbodiesel. Key to the economy savings is the fitting of a new high efficiency alternator. With its optimised control logic the alternator manages the generation and discharging for the Mitsubishi Shogun's electrical needs and reduces engine losses to do so. A lower idling limit of 600rpm also achieves useful savings while ultra-low friction engine and differential oil also help maximise the engine's efficiency. Other elements working in conjunction with Mitsubishi's drive to lower emissions and improve economy are details like an aluminium bonnet saving weight and a heater element on the automatic transmission equipped cars to minimise friction losses on start up.
The Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) warmer exchanges heat between the engine coolant and the automatic transmission fluid to shorten it warm-up period, allowing the torque converter lockup to activate earlier after a cold start and reducing friction. The result is a 2% improvement in fuel economy. The ATF warmer will also act as a cooler should the temperature of the automatic transmission fluid rise above that of the engine coolant when the car is being pushed hard.
Both manual and automatic models easily meet stringent Euro IV emission targets, helped in the automatic version by a closed flow DPF Diesel Particulate Filter and a variable geometry turbo charger.
The three-door manual accelerates to 62mph in 9.7 seconds, has a 111imph top speed, returns 35.3mpg on the combined cycle and posts a CO2 rating of 212g/km. The automatic version reaches 62mph in 10.4 seconds, tops out at 111mph, has a combined fuel economy figure of 34.9mpg and a 224g/km CO2 figure.
The five-door manual Mitsubishi Shogun hits 62mph in 10.5 seconds, has a 111mph top speed, a 35.3mpg combined fuel economy figure and a 224g/km CO2 ranking. The automatic model accelerates to 62mph in 11.1 seconds, has a 111mph top speed, returns 33.2mpg on the combined cycle and posts a CO2 rating of 224g/km.
The Shogun's outstanding braked towing capacity has increased from 2800 kg for three-door and 3300 kg for five-door models to 3,000 kg and 3,500kg respectively.
Mitsubishi's venerable five-speed INVECS-II automatic transmission with sequential 'Sport Mode' has had its shift mapping optimised to extract the best performance from the powertrain. The addition of a torque converter lockup in third gear improves fuel economy.
Key to the Mitsubishi Shogun's exceptional off-road ability is its AWC all-wheel control system, complemented by Mitsubishi's Super Select 4 II transfer case. The system incorporates a centre differential lock and auxiliary transmission for unbeatable off-road performance. With torque split 33:67 front:rear as standard, the planetary gear type centre differential uses a viscous coupling to continuously balance torque split over all surfaces and deliver high traction and stability together with excellent handling characteristics.
Super Select 4 II offers four driving modes - 2H rear-wheel drive, 4H full time four-wheel drive, 4HLc that locks up the centre differential, and 4LLC for extreme low ratio off-road work.
In 2H rear wheel drive mode - ideal for urban driving in clear weather - a front axle freewheel stops the front propeller shaft from turning, reducing drive friction and boosting fuel economy by an effective 3%.
The 4H mode delivers full-time all-wheel drive and as the standard operating mode for the Super Select 4 II. On tarmac surfaces torque is asymmetrically split 33:67 front:rear torque to caters to a wide range of driving conditions. On wet or low friction surfaces the viscous coupling can send up to half the torque to the front axle for enhanced traction and stability - ideal for driving over packed snow, icy surfaces or flat dirt surfaces. The driver can switch between 2H and 4H at speeds up to 60mph.
Selecting 4HLc locks up the centre differential so that drive is transmitted through all four wheels to deliver gritty performance when driving in soft snow, sand, dirt or other high-resistance conditions. And in the 4LLc low gear with centre differential lockup, the Shogun can effectively negotiate rocky terrain or swampy conditions where extra traction is required. The vehicle must be stationary when changing between 4HLc and 4LLc.
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
The Mitsubishi Shogun is underpinned by Mitsubishi's robust monocoque chassis with built-in ladder frame.
This stiffer and robust chassis acts as a quieter, safer and more dynamic basis for the Shogun's double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension configuration. As part of Mitsubishi's Intelligent Motion goals the Shogun now rides 15mm lower at the front and 10mm lower at the back.
Steering and Brakes
The Mitsubishi Shogun has a power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering set-up that has been significantly refined for better feel and response both on and off-road.
The three and five-door Shogun models are fitted with different braking systems, optimised to their differing kerb weights, performance and weight distribution. The three-door Shogun is fitted with 290mm front brake discs, while the rear gets larger 300mm discs.
The larger and heavier five-door Mitsubishi Shogun is equipped with 332mm front and rear ventilated disc brakes to deliver better stopping power and higher resistance to fade. The front brakes use stiffer four-pot callipers that transmit a more consistent pedal feel, while the rear discs are actuated by two-pot callipers. Both models are fitted with a hydro-boost power brake system that offers superior response and more stable braking over vacuum booster systems.
The system is backed up with four-sensor, three-channel ABS anti-lock and EBD electronic brake-force distribution, to modulate the front-rear braking pressure for ideal braking force at all times, irrespective of load or surface conditions. The Shogun will come with the choice of 18-inch 7.5 JJ alloy wheels shod with 265/65 R18 profile tyres, or 20inch 8.5 JJ with 265/50 R20 tyres.
With a 700mm wading depth, 48.2Â° climb and 45Â° roll-over angles, approach/departure angles of 34.6Â° and 34.3Â° and a 24.1Â° break-over angle for the 3-door model and approach/departure angles of 34.5Â° and 24.5Â° and a 22.2Â° break-over angle for the 5-door model, the Shogun can tackle the most arduous off-road work with confidence. It's all but unstoppable.
Every facet of the Shogun's development is geared towards superior off-road performance - with its trademark tall greenhouse, high seating position, low waistline, signature blunt nose and short 765mm front overhang, the Mitsubishi Shogun achieves excellent all-round visibility - crucial when tackling challenging off-road work.
By carefully profiling its bonnet design, the Shogun posts a category-topping front downward visibility angle of 8.4Â° which results in an additional 100mm of the road immediately in front of his vehicle being visible, compared to its predecessor.
EBAC Engine Brake Assist Control is now a standard Shogun feature. Activated only in low range when first gear is selected and the driver's foot is off the brake pedal, EBAC automatically brakes the car as soon as it detects when a wheel is losing traction, allowing for a slow, safe and controlled descent.
The Mitsubishi Shogun's stiff and robust chassis has directly benefited its ability to protect its passengers in the event of an impact.
At the heart of the Shogun's safety is the Shogun's patented 'Rise' safety programme, which introduces the following features:
The carbon fibre-reinforced propeller shaft has been redesigned to collapse more readily when subject to longitudinal forces, thereby increasing the rearward displacement of the engine and transmission in a frontal impact and in turn making the front crush zone much larger
The advanced ASC Active Stability Control system uses data from vehicle sensors and from the engine's ECU electronic control unit. If it detects the onset of either oversteer or understeer it seamlessly intervenes and regulates braking force and torque delivery at each wheel to bring the car back under control. In off-road driving the ATC Active Traction Control prevents loss of drive torque or braking force when a wheel leaves the surface by applying the brakes on individual wheels.
The full ASTC system operates when the Super Select 4 II transfer case is in 2H or 4H drive modes to maintain higher-speed directional stability. When Super Select 4 II is in the 4HLc mode with the centre differential lock engaged, the ASC and ATC's torque regulation is deactivated but the braking regulation function remains active to improve performance over rough surfaces.
In the 4LLc mode, ASC Active Stability Control braking regulation is also deactivated, leaving only ATC Active Traction Control braking regulation in operation, making it easier to traverse boggy ground or snow.
The driver can also use a switch to deactivate the ASC system in 4H mode, leaving only the ATC braking regulation function active as in 4LLc mode, for improved off-road performance.